The sexual health needs of people at mid and later life tend to get overlooked at both a political and professional level. This presentation will explore the reasons why, by looking at barriers to seeking and receiving help for sexual concerns and difficulties. Evidence from a range of sources, including a literature review of twenty-five articles on medical help-seeking and doctor-patient interactions, was examined.
Patients reported a number of barriers to seeking help for sexual concerns including thinking that sexual changes were ‘normal with ageing’ and assuming that their doctor would think that sex was not important to them ‘at their age’. Health care professional (HCP) barriers to providing sexual health care related to limited knowledge of mid and later life sexuality issues, as well as inadequate training at medical school. Doctors tended not to take a proactive approach to sexual health with ‘older’ patients, but patients were more likely to seek help if their doctor had asked about sexual function during a previous consultation. The implications for sexual well-being if the doctor does not ask and the patient does not tell are clear. Providing education about sexuality for doctors and other HCPs is crucial if we are to meet the needs of ‘older’ patients in useful and effective ways.
Sexually traumatized patients often have problems with flashbacks, nightmares and avoidance. This workshop teaches an integrated method for trauma relief, combining knowledge from NLP, psycho dynamic therapy, cognitive therapy and modern trauma research. The method is based on the human memory storing system, which functions in the same way in all human beings. This means that the method easily can be used cross-culturally and for all gender combinations.
To explore how sexual health and sexual ethics are represented in the Bible and how these are relevant to the 21st century. God created humans as physical and relational beings. Sexuality is a good, healthy element of that created physical relatedness, with three functions: relational bonding; mutual pleasure; and procreation. The biblical pattern for sexual expression which best accords with these functions is heterosexual monogamy.
How should the Public Health Model be applied so it really contributes to improved sexual health for all? Public Health recognizes three levels of prevention - Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. Primary prevention involves prevention of the disease or injury itself, Fluoride, Immunization, Education to avoid smoking and substance abuse. Secondary prevention blocks the progression of an injury or disease from an impairment to a disability. An impairment has already occurred, but disability may be prevented through early intervention.
The UK has among the highest teenage pregnancy and STI rates in Western Europe and strategies to reduce these outcomes have a high priority. This paper seeks to draw lessons from the rigorous evaluations of three sexual health initiatives: SHARE (a cluster randomised trial (CRT) of teacher-delivered sex education), RIPPLE (CRT of peer-delivered school sex education) and Healthy Respect Phase 2 (a quasi-experimental study of a multi-component Scottish national sexual health demonstration project encompassing youth friendly sexual health drop-ins, social marketing, branding, a parenting component and SHARE).
This symposium will focus on presentation of the results and discussion of a ground-breaking study into the cost and cost-effectiveness of sexuality education (SE) in six countries, commissioned by UNESCO in 2010. Why an economic analysis? Policy-makers all over the world, involved in decisions on school-based sexuality education (SE) programmes, are facing three important economic questions: what are the costs of developing the programmes, what are the costs of implementing and scaling up the programmes, and do the programmes provide value for money?
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent